Former world number 1 Andy Murray says his motivation to continue competing is different from that of Rafael Nadal. Murray, 35, has had two major hip surgeries since 2017 and plays with a metal hip.
On the other hand, Nadal is playing through chronic foot pain but he still wins Grand Slams and is ranked in the top 5 in the world. Murray hasn’t had any notable results at the Grand Slam stage since 2017, but he continues to compete because he loves the game.
“[Ma motivation] comes from the fact that I enjoy the sport, that I love this sport. My situation is a little different from his, with the operation I had,” Murray told the ATP website.
“I think he plays to try to break records and win big events. Of course you have to love the sport and be ready to play through the pain when you become an older athlete, but I think he easier to play through the pain when competing for major titles.
In my case, the last four or five years have been very different, because I played Challengers and my ranking dropped. I feel like our situations are different, but at the end of the day, if I keep playing, it’s because I love tennis and because I still believe that I can compete at the highest level.”
The past few years have not been easy for Murray, but he has still been able to reach two finals, win a title and beat some big names.
Rennae Stubbs speaks out on Nadal
In the latest edition of her show, ‘The Rennae Stubbs Tennis Podcast’, the 51-year-old said she knew what was going to happen when Rafael Nadal brought his doctor to Paris.
“When he said he was bringing his doctor to Roland Garros, I knew exactly what was going to happen. I knew he was going to administer to that foot as many painkillers and anesthetics as possible, so that operating on the tennis court and running,” Stubbs said, adding, “You know, seeing what he’s done winning the tournament again is just amazing.
Putting his foot to sleep, thinking he has a problem with the chewing bone and cutting off nerve sensation so he can run on a tennis court pain free is nothing short of mind blowing, his love for competition n There’s no limit,” Stubb said.
“You hear it in his voice, he knows he can’t hold on because when you put his foot to sleep you don’t have as much control over him and he’s probably afraid of tearing or twisting his ankle or breaking his foot and he would have no idea because he has no pain since his foot is under anaesthetic, it’s just amazing to do that despite the risks,” said she added.